Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,334
Catalog: KM-10
Obverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Reverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Composition: Copper
Weight: 6.7400g
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Lettered
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1793 1/2C MS obverse 1793 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first United States half cents were 35,334 pieces minted between July 20 and September 18, 1793. The dies are believed to have been prepared by Henry Voigt, but this remains uncertain. Half cents of this date are smaller in diameter than subsequent issues and bear a unique design adapted from the beautiful Libertas Americana medal coined in France. Liberty's bust faces left in this year alone, and the Phrygian Cap of the freedman is borne on her right shoulder. The wreath is extremely elaborate, with extensive detailing that required individual hand-punchings in the die preparation process. This type's beaded border is also unique to the 1793 coinage. In addition to the value expressed two ways on the reverse, the edge of each coin reads TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR in incused letters.

Two obverse dies were paired with three reverse dies for a total of four marriages. Few collectors seek these coins by varieties, as they are rare enough by type to present a significant collecting challenge. This is especially true of coins having smooth planchets and no damage.

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1793 1/2C MS Brown
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 163
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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3/17/2008 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 230, 236/Lot# 2 $41,400.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1113 $1,638.00
1/3/2011 NGC VF 20   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 74 $3,910.00
10/24/2012 NGC Details FA Details  Teletrade Auction 3370, 3370/Lot# 1004 $1,000.00
6/5/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4316 $16,450.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 1 $379,500.00
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 167862 $26,950.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5514 $146,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1793 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1333212426713172398452645747616965526787711373177651796085159756114131781523217308294170957470
1596230628383442441054255887629666306895718174287754814589281030813547196152575434455469620
000000588762966630689571817428775481458928103081354719615257543445500
000000602864246708700472497539785783309342108601568121416282913808200
1793 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base61336259638865186651678569227060720173437488763580468472891693762302257102110559111
617563026431656266956830696871077248739175377772818886209069139243438274921110559110
000000696871077248739175377772818886209069139243438274921110559100
000000701471547295743975867909833087689222184734574292740110559100
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Grade: VF 35 BN
Points: 6089
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: VG 10 BN
Points: 5771
Owner: Zakmar
 
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